[Marxism] Disaster in the Making: Canada Concludes Its Free Trade Agreement With Colombia

Pance Stojkovski pance at rogers.com
Wed Jun 11 18:44:53 MDT 2008


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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 112 .... June 11, 2008
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Disaster in the Making: Canada Concludes Its 
Free Trade Agreement With Colombia

Todd Gordon

What's the monetary value of a Colombian trade unionist's life? As it turns
out, it depends on how many are killed in a given year since the potential
fines the Colombian government will have to pay as penalty under its free
trade agreement (FTA) with Canada whenever a union activist is killed is
capped at $15 million. If this sounds like a sick joke I apologize, but
this is in effect what the Canadian government actually negotiated.

On June 7th, Canada proudly proclaimed that it had successfully concluded
its trade deal with the human rights-troubled Andean country. Negotiated
with an efficiency that must make the Bush administration -- whose own
trade agreement with Colombia has stalled because of Congressional
opposition -- jealous, the deal was concluded less than a year after
negotiations began. 

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